Chris Martin

Jazz Piano from Chicago, IL - Will travel up to 50 miles
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MEMBER SINCE 2008
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$75 - $125 per hour
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About
Chris Martin was the house pianist at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Chicago from 1989 to 2007. He played the tea at the Four Seasons Chicago from 2004 thru 2008. At these venues he has performed for, amongst others, President H. W. Bush, Chinese President Jiang Zemin, The Rolling Stones, Billy Joel, Tony Bennett, and Cardinal George. The list is as wide and varied as are the eminent guests who stay at these establishments. In addition to his hotel playing he has played corporate functions in every major venue in the city. He was voted best ambient music in Chicago Magazine's 2002 Best Of Chicago issue.

Chris has covered the gamut musically in his career. Classically trained at the American Conservatory of Music, he has been a keyboard player in top forty bands, a pianist in jazz ensembles, and piano player and singing solo artist for the last twenty years. His repertoire is vast, and his playing styles range from blues to Bach with a consummate knowledge of the American Songbook.

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100+ GigMasters Bookings
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A GigMasters member for 10+ years
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2018!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2017!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2016!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2015!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2012!

Wedding

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Chris was great. He was easy to communicate with during the planning process to go over details of our wedding. He also played two pieces for us during the ceremony that were not on his repertoire list. His ambient music during our cocktail hour was great. I highly recommend him!

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Wedding Ceremony

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We hired Mr. Martin for our wedding ceremony and reception and he was delightful! We requested a special song that he learned last minute and was able to play and sing beautifully. He's an incredibly talented musician, very accommodating and very professional. He made several announcements for us, brought his own equipment, and just made my day that much easier. We heard so many great comments from our guests and are so happy with out choice to go with Mr. Martin. We would absolutely recommend him to anyone considering entertainment for an event and will certainly keep him in mind for our future events!

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Community Event

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Chris was very easy to work with and quick to respond to emails. He brought so much to our community event. His talent was exceptional and he added that perfect touch to the dinner portion of our event. Would highly recommend Chris to anyone!

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Corporate Function

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Chris played at our company Open House and I have to say that he was unbelievable. The music was wonderful. I will recommend Chris to all of my associates. His professional and talent is something that is not readily found! Thanks Chris!!!

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Christmas Party

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Chris played piano at a private Christmas party and helped create a most festive atmosphere. His many years of experience are evident in the rich, deep songbook he carries in his head, and he was willing and able to indulge any guest request. And in the lead-up to the event, he was accommodating of our needs and nothing but professional in our dealings.

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Chris is a true professional with a wonderful repertoire of music.

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Corporate Function

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I have been a meeting planner for C-level and VIP events for 24 years and never have I experienced such professionalism and talent. Chris understood that this was a business networking function and played with panache and grace as background for our evening. He played a wide and varied array of music for nearly three hours without a single sheet of music. A wonderful, talented gentleman that would be a chart topper at any event!

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Wedding Ceremony

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Chris did a beautiful job playing the music for my wedding ceremony. I had a few song requests and Chris had no problem learning the songs for me. He was excellent at communicating throughout the whole process.

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Wedding Cocktail Hour

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Chris did an excellent job at our wedding cocktail hour. He emailed us a list of songs sorted by genre that he would be able to play for us, which allowed us to create our own play list. Unfortunately, we were so busy with the preparations that we forgot to create our own play list. I then asked Chris to create a list of songs to play based on the 3 genres that we liked. Chris happily and readily helped us out. His playing was wonderful, and very entertaining. I would put Chris at the top of the list for a pianist for your next event.

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Birthday Party (Adult)

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Chris was delightful both in his playing and in his interaction with our guests ...he made our event very special and would highly recommend him to anyone wanting piano music at an event.

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PAST EVENTS
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2020
Jan
11
Wedding Cocktail Hour
Chicago, IL
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
2019
Aug
31
Wedding
Chicago, IL
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2019
Mar
2
Wedding Ceremony
Chicago, IL
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2018
Dec
8
Christmas Party
Chicago, IL
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
2018
Sep
30
Birthday Party (Adult)
Oak Park, IL
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2018
Aug
19
Private Party
Chicago, IL
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2018
Aug
11
Wedding
Chicago, IL
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2018
Jul
7
Wedding Reception
Chicago, IL
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2017
Dec
14
Christmas Party
Chicago, IL
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
2017
Dec
10
Anniversary Party
Arlington Heights, IL
12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
2017
Oct
14
Wedding Ceremony
Chicago, IL
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
2017
Oct
7
Wedding
Chicago, IL
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
2017
Sep
30
Community Event
Roselle, IL
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Chicago Piano Player Chris Martin performs Whiter Shade of Pale
Procul Harem
Terms of Endearment
Movie Theme
Linus and Lucy Theme
Vince Geraldi
Unforgettable
Nat King Cole
Gymnopedie
Erik Satie
Lady in Red
Chris Deburgh
Beatles Medley
The Beatles
Phantom of Opera Medley
A. Loyd Webber
Your Song
Elton John
A Whole New World
Disney
Greenhouse Shuffle
Chris Martin
You Lift Me Up
Josh Groban
Blue Rhondo\Take Five
Dave Brubeck
Nearness of You
Hoagy Carmichael
Moonlight Serenade
Glen Miller
Rhapsody In Blue
Gershwin
What is This Thing Called Love
Cole Porter
Sophisticated Lady
Duke Ellington
Begin the Beguine
Cole Porter
Our love is Here To Stay
Gershwin
So In Love
Cole Porter
Dindi
Carlos Jobim
Secret Love
Doris Day
Blue Monk
Thelonius Monk
Bluesette
Toots Thielman
Sunrise Sunset/If I were a Rich Man
Fiddler On The Roof
Morning Has Broken
Cat Stevens
Always A Woman to Me
Billy Joel
Piano Man
Billy Joel
She's Got a Way About Her
Billy Joel
New York State of Mind
Billy Joel
Up On The Roof
Drifters
Deep Purple\Smoke Gets in Your eyes
Platters
Breezin
George Benson
Twin Peaks
Movie Theme A. Baldimante
Sailing
Chris Cross
Time After Time
Cyndi Lauper
Love Walked In\But Not For Me
George Gershwin
Here Comes The Sun
Beatles
Black Bird
Beatles
Somewhere In Time
Movie Theme
Prelude in C
Bach
Joy Of Man's Desiring
Bach
Someone To Watch Over Me
Gershwin
Crazy\I'm So Lonesome
Willie Nelson
Last Date
Floyd Kramer
Will You Still Love Me Tommorow
Carole King
The Little Mermaid
Disney
On The Street Where You Live
My Fair Lady
Lullaby of Birdland
George Shearing
It had to Be You
Theme from Sleepless in Seattle
What's New
Linda Ronstadt
Canadian Sunset
Eddie Heywood
A Man And A Woman
Movie theme
Strangers in the NIght
Sinatra
All the Way
Sinatra
It Was a Very Good Year
Sinatra
Softly as I Leave You
Sinatra
The Summer Wind
Sinatra
Night and Day
Sinatra
The Way You Look Tonight
Sinatra
I've Got the World On a String
Sinatra
Paper Moon
Sinatra
One For My Baby
Sinatra
Witchcraft
Sinatra
Learning the Blues
Sinatra
You Make Me Feel So Young
Sinatra
Young at Heart
Sinatra
My Way
Sinatra
New York New York
Sinatra
Let's Get Away From It All
Sinatra
Body and Soul
Sinatra
Fools Rush In
Jazz Standard
Lady Is a Tramp
Sinatra
What is This Thing Called Love
Jazz Standard
Where Or When
Jazz Standard
Stella By Starlight
Jazz Standard
Nightingale Sang in Barclay Square
Jazz Standard
How High the Moon
Jazz Standard
Fly me to the Moon
Jazz Standard
Makin Whoopee
Jazz Standard
Stormy Weather
Jazz Standard
Let's Face the Music and Dance
Jazz Standard
These Foolish Things
Jazz Standard
East of the Sun
Jazz Standard
Canon in D
Pachabel
Variation on a Theme from Paganini
Rachmaninoff
Reverie
Debussy
Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring
Bach
Love and Marriage
Sinatra
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Weddings
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Picnic
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Events
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
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First Communions
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Christmas Parties
Grand Openings
Graduation Parties
Holiday Parties
Trade Shows
Memorial Services
Please note Chris Martin will also travel to Cicero, Berwyn, Oak Park, Forest Park, Hines, Lyons, Riverside, Brookfield, Maywood, River Forest, Summit Argo, Carol Stream, La Grange Park, Bellwood, Bedford Park, Melrose Park, Westchester, Burbank, Bridgeview, Hillside, Hinsdale, Hometown, La Grange, River Grove, Stone Park, Western Springs, Berkeley, Franklin Park, Justice, Norridge.
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